It was another busy weekend in the Hawks farm system but before that, I want to address the latest popular rumor circling the ranks: James Wisniewski back to the Hawks. Any regular reader knows I rarely venture into dissecting rumors but this one is just too funny to pass up.
If the Hawks were to re-acquire Wisniewski for anything with a pulse (say Cam Barker, like a certain nameless columnist suggested), it would mean the Hawks would have basically given Anaheim Cam Barker for Logan Stephenson. That’s not exactly the greatest use of a relatively valuable asset. And perhaps Wisniewski is currently living in a parallel universe much like the cast of “Lost” finds itself this season because nowhere in this dimension does a 5th defenseman command $4 million on the open market.
Ok, on to the farm update:
Friday- Rockford 5, Lake Erie Monsters 3– In a 2-2 game heading into the third period, the IceHogs and Monsters traded goals in the first eight minutes. Then Matt Keith scored on the power play with help from Bryan Bickell and Peter MacArthur. The win was sealed when Danny Bois scored an short-handed empty net goal.
Defenseman Richard Petiot put together his best offensive game of the season with a goal and two assists. Kyle Greentree had a goal and assist and so did Bryan Bickell. Corey Crawford got the win by stopping 23 of the 26 shots he faced.
Saturday- Lake Erie Monsters 5, Rockford 3 – With their second game against each other in less than 24 hours, the IceHogs spotted the Monsters a three goal and it was too much to recover from. Adam Hobson and Peter MacArthur both scored to cut the deficit to one but Lake Erie scored four minutes later to extend their lead. Kyle Greentree scored forty seconds later but that was as close as Rockford would get. An empty net goal with 37 seconds left cinched the win for Lake Erie.
Joseph Fallon didn’t last two periods in giving up 4 goals on 23 shots. Corey Crawford came on in relief and stopped all 7 shots he faced.
–In two games this weekend, Shawn Lalonde had a goal and assist. Both of which came on Saturday during Belleville’s 5-4 loss to the Guelph Storm.
—Kyle Beach had a goal, three assists, and 15 penalty minutes in two games.
—Byron Froese had two goals and two assists in Everett’s 5-1 win over Spokane on Saturday. The Silvertips lost their Friday night tilt 1-0.
—Dylan Olsen was a -1 in UMD’s split with Michigan Tech. Dan DeLisle played in both games but was a non-factor.
—Brandon Pirri had two assists in RPI’s 3-3 tie with St. Lawrence on Friday. He had no points in their Saturday 2-1 win over Clarkson.
—Billy Sweatt had no points for Colorado College this weekend. Despite cooling off since his fast start to the season, Sweatt still leads the Tigers in scoring with 28 points in 30 games.
—David Pacan scored a goal and notched an assist as Vermont went 1-0-1 against Providence.